AAR8320 - Introduction to Research Methods and Theories of Science for PhD-candidates


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 A

Course content

The course is offered to students who are in the initial stages of their Ph.D. The course will introduce the students to theories of science and various types of research methods appropriate for architectural research, covering a wide range extending from established methods within social science, humanities and technology methods more specifically oriented towards architectural design and practice. The main focus will be on qualitative and quantitative methods in case studies. The course will have a major focus on academic and scientific writing and scholarly criticism. The research methods being covered in the course represent different theories of science and therefore it is recommended that the students opting for this course also take an additional course in Theories of Science or scientific writing. Successful completion of the course requires the students to write a State of Art article or paper related to their own research. The course will be taught through lectures and seminars where there will be a strong emphasis on class participation and discussion. During the course of the semester the students will be asked to present the progress of their article. Experienced researchers will be invited to share their experiences with different kinds of methods.

Learning outcome

At completion of the course the candidate will have acquired the following:

Knowledge: Be conversant with theories of science and research methods that are relevant for their research area and on a general level.

Skills: Be able to identify key research issues and formulate good research question, plan and execute the research project and gain experience in writing a scientific paper/article.

General competence: Be able to execute their own Ph.D. research with academic integrity and in line with ethical codes and principles.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, peer review and compulsory assignments

Further on evaluation

The final assignment is written text that is directed toward an academic audience.

Required previous knowledge

Master degree or equivalent

Course materials

Literature will be presented by course start

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Facility Management
  • Architecture- and Design History
  • Architecture and Economics
  • Architectural Theory
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Assignment 100/100 A INSPERA
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Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 A INSPERA
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